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One Young Fool in South Africa - Joe Twead

One Young Fool in South Africa

By: Joe Twead, Victoria Twead

Paperback | 1 September 2020

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"Have I ever told you about my seventh birthday?"

"Only a million times."

Who is Joe Twead? Where did he come from? What happened before Joe met Victoria and they moved to a crazy Spanish mountain village?

Dark, funny, and often magical, Joe vividly paints his childhood memories despite constant heckling from Victoria at his elbow as he writes.


The "Old Fools" series:

  • Chickens, Mules and Two Old Fools
  • Two Old Fools - Ole! 
  • Two Old Fools on a Camel  
  • Two Old Fools in Spain Again 
  • Two Old Fools in Turmoil 
  • Two Old Fools Down Under
  • One Young Fool in Dorset (Prequel)
  • One Young Fool in South Africa (Prequel) by Joe and Victoria Twead

Two Old Fools in the Kitchen (cookbook)

Industry Reviews



Carola Muller

5.0 out of 5 stars

 Captivating memoir.

Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2016

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We got to know Joe through his wife Victoria's delightful memoirs about their expat life in Spain. Joe's memories about growing up in children and boys homes in South Africa was captivating and endearing from the first page on. He shares with a refreshing honesty some dark, many happy and often bitter sweet recollections of reaching adulthood without the support of a family. My heart went out to the little boy who didn't have the best start life, but proves that no matter what one is handed, one can make the best out of it . Congratulations Joe to a great start in a hopefully flourishing writing career.


Fred Adelhelm

5.0 out of 5 stars

 5/5 for a touching story

Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2017

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Excellent insight into life in South Africa through the ryes of a 'white' boy who spent all of his growing up years in an orphanage in the 1950's and 60's. The individuals personal growth & development takes center stage in the surreal world of a racially divided country. The writers personal experiences are eloquently shared and are funny, sad and overall uplifting. The innocence of a child, always seeking the best options on a day to day basis, in a world that is both frightening and insecure.

I enjoyed the book immensely and it gave me a very different and personal perspective of what it must have been like living in South Africa.





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